Performance notes: U2 perform on the first day of an ill-fated three day event called the Free Peace Festival featuring a large bill of mostly local bands. Although thousands are expected to attend, only a few hundred show up on the first day, increasing to around 3,000 on the third; the weather is poor; fights broke out amongst the crowd; there is dissension amongst the road crew; and the organiser is arrested for assault.
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what they said
"Always, as a band, we never really liked the heavy sounds that were happening in the mid ‘70s. We were really excited by a lot of the stuff that came through in ’76, ’77, which was when we really started to play together in earnest. Up until then, we listened to the Stones, early ‘60s stuff, but then we got totally captivated by what was going on in New York and London, mainly."
- The Edge, 1986
did you know
U2 was once named The Hype because Bowie's first band was also named The Hype.